Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ivey and I are addicted to Sudoku! This all started when I went to visit my friend Kristie. I made the mistake of trying one in the paper, couldn't do it...I tried and tried and tried...failed. So, when we returned home to Macon , Ivey and I bought a book of them and we haven't stopped since. I am a tad OCD, so I've "got to finish book"...can't stop...

no really, it's fun!

This is MY baby...I love it when she begs to get up on the couch with me and snuggle up next to me. She also likes to be held like a baby in your arms. (too cute) I just love those wrinkles on her little face and legs!. She still loves her Robby too, he just doesn't sit still as much during the day.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Whew! What a difference a night of rest makes!

Hoping today is a better day for us all!

Helen and I ran at 6:15 this morning, it was cool and invigorating! I love to run with her, she is easy to talk with too.

List is still long, one thing at a time...

God is so good! I was encouraged last night as I was reading with Elijah in his Jesus storybook...from Matthew 6, 9 and Luke 12...I was reminded that God made us, He loves us and He is very pleased with us. I cannot begin to fathom those three simple statements! We read about God taking care of us, not worrying because God loves to look after us!

Wow, I needed that!

Monday, July 28, 2008

It's Monday night, didn't accomplish half of what I thought I could today.

I had a slightly fussy household, including me...I think we are all tired from the weekend.
My hubby is beyond exhausted, with NO rest in sight.

Kids are tired of 97 degrees hot sticky weather.
Everybody is either at the beach or has been except us (our time is coming in Sept!) so we are slightly envious.

(To do list growing as I type.)

Hubby overwhelmed by ministry.

Wife overwhelmed by overwhelmed hubby.

Friends struggling with big life issues, it hurts to see the hurt.

Hoping I can get up early to get a run in...I need to run...

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Last night Keith and I attended the sponsors and VIP party for Bragg Jam. It was held at the Armory Ballroom. We really had a good time being together, laughing and enjoying downtown life. The band was awesome and we watched and laughed as couples did the twist and some other dances that we wouldn't attempt. No way did we want to be photographed and later laughed at.
After we left, I had a renewed desire to move downtown. There is just something about it that pulls us to leave the suburbs and join the city life. maybe one day soon?...
take a look at these pics of our city...

Friday, July 25, 2008

Yeah!! I finally got my nerve up to start running again. I have missed it so...well, the fitness part, the energy from it but not the sweating or the pain. I made the mistake of drinking coffee which dehydrated me a bit, but I DID IT! One day closer to a habit. I need a partner though because it really helps to keep you paced and not give up.
This has been the first morning in weeks that didn't require me to leave the house for appts. or errands. I have missed being able to "piddle" around the house and catch up on things. It has felt good. I finally refilled the bird feeders...I have missed the cardinals! I replaced broken blinds in the house and now I am off to clean and change sheets. Thank goodness for the energy from my run!

Anyone else out there despise houseflies as much as I do!?! you kill one and two suddenly appear...what's with that???

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Life has been running a little fast for me this week, maybe the last 2 weeks. I can't seem to catch up. Doctors appts (at the last minute for kids with ailments) keeping babies, hair appt (which I so enjoyed because it was just me and Kim and I love talking with her!) She works out of her home and I love the fact that she talks and walks her faith every moment.

I picked figs last night from our trees for Gran mommy...if you have ever picked them you know how sticky they are...and there were lots of black ants crawling on my arms. Icky! I luckily had help from our little neighbor Kasey and Elijah, they climbed the tree for me. While we were picking, our dachshund and kitty were running laps around us chasing each other. Animals can be so humoring at times and then other times so darn irritating, (like when they pee in the house...right after you take them out)ugh!

Dad goes this morning for chemo here in Macon and then drives to Atlanta this afternoon for radiation. We are so praying that this will take care of those tumors in his liver.

I love observing all of the back to school chaos! Sales ads for supplies, lists for supplies, parents running around trying to find those last 2 items that are sold out everywhere. Kids enjoying back to school clothes shopping...buying jeans that are way too hot right now and will be too small when it finally cools off enough to wear them. I love going to the store and browsing the aisles for supplies, silently thanking God that I don't have that long list to buy. I'll pick up some mechanical pencils at some point because that is what Ivey likes to use, but I don't really need much more than that. Ok, so maybe I can't resist $.22 crayons and $.10 pencils and notebooks that will get used. And I have a fetish for nice pens, hate regular old Bic pens.
This all reminds me that I have got to get motivated to clean out home school closet, reorganize things and set dates to begin, file forms with BOE...can't catch up!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Just had to share this bit of truth with ya from my hubby's blog:

I Peter 1 ... 5For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

The marks of an 'effective and fruitful' follower of Christ, it seems, should be - faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.Do you desire those things? Not simply to possess in part, but to have them and to be growing in them?Probably you do desire those qualities - probably you have tried to attain them. Maybe you have tried many times. Maybe you have tried really hard.So what's the problem? Why can't you seem to get it? Why does it seem that you aren't growing in this fruit?

'Maybe,' religion whispers, 'you just aren't good enough for this Christianity thing.''You're a failure!''Try harder!' religion shouts! 'You just are trying hard enough.''If you were REALLY a good Christian you could do it.'Perhaps religion has told you to compare yourself with someone else - and has told you 'you should just be like them - see how THEY have it all together.'

Is that you? You've tried and failed, and tried again.Stop trying. It is true - you cannot do it. You are a failure. Try as hard as you can to be as good as you can - and you will fail again.Pick yourself up by your bootstraps, dust yourself off and with even more resolve try again! And you will fail.The problem is not our effort - it is our sight.Religion teaches us that Jesus saves - and then we must work - and work harder!

But not the gospel...9For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.Peter does not say that if we lack these qualities and are not growing in them we should TRY HARDER - he says that we have become nearsighted, we are blind - because we have forgotten the good news - that Jesus, the perfect has come! He lived out those qualities perfectly for us. He suffered and died for us - in our place because no matter how hard we try to get it right we can't. He has cleansed us from our sins. He has empowered us with His Spirit. he has defeated death and risen victoriously as our King who sits at the right hand of God.

Try harder? This is tough... NO.
Don't try harder.
Remember the gospel.
Remember what He has done for you - and look beyond your failings and imperfections and look to Him.
II Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

The first Peter fruit of the growing Christian does not come by our righteous efforts, but by gazing at the glory of HIS righteousness. Sanctification - the process of growing in these Christian fruit comes - and we are transformed from glory to glory into the image of Jesus - not by stupendous effort or disciplined lies - but by beholding His glory.

THAT is Good News.
It is a Beautiful Gospel Truth.
Posted by keith at 12:11 PM

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

SO, its been a week or so since I blogged, lots going on and not enough time to stop and type. Here are some pictures that I love, I don't get my pic taken that often and so Keith took some at a party we had with family. Doesn't Daddy look great! Guess who is cutting his hair???
This is Danielle, a church planter's wife I met in Colorado...she reminded me so much of Keisha!

This is another friend whose husband is planting New City Church in Denver! She reminded me of Kim...big smile and laughed alot.
I have pics from our trip to Colorado and a few others to put up soon!
In one of the devotions I read it ended with this prayer, which seemed to fit where I am in life right now: "Dear Lord, Help me discern which dreams in my heart are from You and which are not. Help me to make the pursuit be more about growing closer to You than anything else. And give me wisdom to know how to follow my dreams and the courage to take the next steps. In Jesus’ Name, Amen."

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Pray for the Dillard family in the loss of their 16 yr. old son. He played in New City Church band for our monthly services and did a great job. Such a sweet and talented guy and I am sure his family is devastated. Here is the obituary:
Landon Tate Dillard -WESTCLIFFE, CO - Landon Tate Dillard, 16, was called home by his Heavenly Father on Thursday, July 3, 2008, on Uplift Mountain in Westcliffe, CO. He was serving as a staff member at Operation Uplift, a Christian youth camp. He was surrounded by dear friends while participating in a mountain bike training ride. A memorial service will be held at 6P.M. Sunday evening, July 6 at First Evangelical Church, with a visitation at the church from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service. The Rev. Tim Long and Rev. Glenn Lyles will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Operation Uplift Memorial Fund, c/o First Evangelical Church, 3601 Fulton Mill Road, Macon, GA 31206. -Landon was an energetic, enthusiastic and a fun loving young man. He was an avid guitar player and vocalist. He used his talents for Jesus with "Offering" praise band and "New City Band" at New City Church, downtown. Music was his passion and his way of ministering. He was bright, clever and full of love. He was loved dearly by all who knew him. -During his short life, he also excelled in piano and volunteered at Tabernacle Day Camps and Music Camp. He was homeschooled for ten years and attended Veritas Classical School. He would have been a graduate in the class of 2009. He lived life to the fullest and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. WE LOVE YOU TATER! -Landon is survived by his parents, Marvin and Sharon Dillard; his three brothers, Blake, age 19, Hampton, age 10, and Hayden, age 7; his grandparents, Ray and Charlotte Dillard and Billy and Merle Lyles. He was also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins

Friday, July 4, 2008

11 yrs. ago today I was sitting in a hospital room holding my sweet baby boy...8lbs 15 oz! My labor had been incredibly fast, rather easy, painful but sweet. I wasn't admitted until after 5pm, and I delivered less than 5 hrs. later. I wasn't sure if Dr. Paul would make it!
My niece was outside the room holding her breath because she did NOT want to share her July 4th birthday with anyone else in our family. SO at about 10 minutes before 10:00 pm I delivered a healthy baby boy. One of the happiest days of my life.
I miss those days of carrying babies that are growing inside of me. I would have liked to have experienced it many more times. But then, I don't know what is best for me and thankfully my Father does. He gave us Elijah and life would not be the same, the days not as bright and full of life.
I don't know what the future holds for us...will we ever adopt again? I think we would love to, but don't know what God's timing is for that. So for now, we just wait and pray for God's direction. One thing I know for sure is that I can't fathom what God has planned for our future, I can't even begin to dream up a smidgen of the greatness that He can work in our lives. I am just to be the pliable clay in His hands.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy birthday dear ROBBY!!!!!!!! You are such a joy, all boy, adventure, daredevil, sensitive, tough and rough, killer on the football field, helper with the babies, sweet, full of hugs and kisses, lovable, happy, funny, make you laugh, one of a kind kiddo!!! I love you buddy!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

God is SOOO good! Ya know how upset Robby was that he did not make allstars for this summer???Well, we told Robman that God just had better plans and that there were reasons we could not see...I think one was that it would have had us all strung out and that just does not mix with this church planting stuff! But God has blessed Robby with great plans this summer...swimming with friends, Free! Braves game (his first!) and today he left with neighbors for Wild Adventures theme/water park. He will be gone until tomorrow night. I am so excited for him and have enjoyed seeing God bless his summer in spite of not making allstars!!

By the way...tomorrow he turns 11!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I watched my husband pour out his heart and lots of tears on Sunday. I watched him as he slept little over the weekend and then exhausted himself Sunday morning. I am still processing all of this, his message I want to listen to again and let the truth of God's word change my heart, my thoughts and I want to know the REAL gospel as I have never known it before.
On our trip, I heard about this gospel, how it transforms our marriages, our lives.
One thing said to us that sticks out in my mind was this..." Why in our marriages do we require payment for sins committed against us, when we committed sin against God and he did not make US pay for them!" That hit me like a ton of bricks! You know like when we hold onto a wrong done against us...hurt feelings, bad attitude, the silent treatment for hurt feelings...asking for payment for a wrong done. Who are we to require that??? We are called to forgive without payment for the wrong done. We can because of the gospel! I have more to share, but little time right now.
I am realizing that I do not truly know this gospel as well as I thought I did. The gospel I know is tainted with untruths... I want to throw these off and burn them. I want to live in truth. If you can make time while washing dishes or folding laundry, click here to listen to the message by stream.